Penelope (Penny) Phillips focuses exclusively on counseling and representing employers in all areas of employment law, including FMLA, wage and hour, employment discrimination claims (including gender, age, religion, disability, national origin, and race), defamation, whistleblower, breach of contract and wrongful discharge. She also investigates complaints of employee misconduct (including harassment and offensive behavior). Penny has worked with and practiced before the state and federal courts, various state and federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and local fair employment practices agencies.
Penny strongly believes in providing her clients with strategies and solutions (not just answers) based on quality human resources practices. She has a particular emphasis on wage and hour/FLSA matters. While an in-house attorney at SUPERVALU, she defended wage and hour cases throughout the country. She frequently conducts FLSA audits for companies, and is the author of the 2007 Wage & Hour Answer Book, A Guide for Human Resource Professionals, published by Aspen Publishers (a leading information provider for attorneys, business professionals and law students).
Penny is also a frequent teacher and trainer on employment issues. She provides ongoing training to employers, managers, human resource personnel and other lawyers on matters such as the FMLA, ADA, wage and hour laws, hiring and firing, sexual and unlawful harassment, discrimination, conducting investigations, alcohol and drug testing, and reductions-in-force. She has spoken to companies and organizations throughout Minnesota, the Midwest, and the United States.